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The Hour

In news, television, uncategorized on July 27, 2007 at 12:13 pm

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I’ve been in sunny Calgary for the last week on business. (That actually isn’t sarcasm, it has been sunny and nice.) Anyway, I’ve had some free time to check out Canadian TV, and I have to say, it’s generallly nothing to blog home about. The sports stations cover a lot of Canadian football, the weather is in celsius, and they tend to show only the crappiest American shows (So You Think You Can Dance?).

Thankfully, thedre has been one very pleasant surprise, The Hour with George Stroumboulopoulos. The best way I can describe the program, and its host, is to say that is is a sort of hipster version of Fresh Air. The host is a young, seemingly-cool, definitely smart, Canadian lad. On consecutive nights, I saw him interview Gore Vidal and the Barenaked Ladies with equal verve. Given any guest, theme or topic, Stroumboulopoulos is always looking for the insightful point of view.

The show’s site seems to have a comprehensive archive of past shows. It’s also available as audio podcast and a video podcast, via iTunes.

Check it out. George Stroumboulopoulos is definitely smarter and more interesting than Anderson Cooper.

big sister

In advertising, barack obama, democrat, hillary clinton, movies, news, obama, user-generated content on March 8, 2007 at 11:08 am


Here’s an interesting example of user-generated content in the political arena.
(Actually, it’s not “user-generated” as much as it is “user-adapted”.)

At first glance, it seems to be little more than political mudslinging, the likes of which I’m sure we’ll see more of as the 2008 primary races heat up. Upon further contemplation, it actually has an insightful point of view, and the execution of this video really helps get this point across. There is something a bit “Big Sister” about her announcement video, and she seems to be no stranger to Orwellian doublethink.

I lean pretty far to the left, but I’ve never been able to come to terms with my own reservations about Hillary. Something about this video resonates for me and makes things a bit clearer. Of course, her mysterious southern accent helps as well.

Thanks to Cord Silverstein at Marketing Hipster for bringing this to my attention.

Richard Milhous Nixon once said…

In awesome, basketball, duke, news, nixon, noted without comment, Quote, quotes, random, tarheels, unc, what the %&$#?, words on March 4, 2007 at 11:39 am

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Go Heels.

Noted without comment – PS3 Riots

In awesome, news, noted without comment, playstation, what the %&$#? on November 17, 2006 at 11:35 am

The Sony Playstation Riots of 2006.
Watch all of the action here.

beck on snl

In awesome, news, television on November 1, 2006 at 11:57 pm


I can’t remember the last time Saturday Night Live actually had a musical moment worth remembering. As irrelevant as SNL has been in recent years, the musical guests have been especially toothless.

That’s why this Beck clip from last Saturday is such a surprise. Beck and his bandmates (and their puppets) perform Clap Hands acoustic, using mainly flatware, wine glasses and a plastic turkey as their instruments. It’s a classic SNL performance, right up there with Elvis Costello and Paul Westerberg.

BTW…This Ben Folds clip made the rounds a few months ago. Same general concept—something electronic performed acoustically—and to great effect.

a GOOD magazine

In awesome, design, news on October 23, 2006 at 8:52 am


There’s been some media coverage surrounding the launch of GOOD Magazine, but not nearly enough, as far as I’m concerned. I picked up the premiere issue the other day, and am thoroughly impressed.

In the pages of its first issue, GOOD takes on some big issues, the biggest being our collective love/hate affair with America. Great minds like James Surowiecki and Neal Pollack join in the debate, offering their unique perspective on what it means to be an American in this day and age. On a lighter note, GOOD also tells you how to buy a US senator, tracks the fame and fortune of Paris Hilton and introduces you to 8 individuals who are trying to change the world.

While other magazines take on similar subject manner, the beauty of GOOD is that is does so without being too abrasive or self-righteous. It may be a bit snarky at times, and even I can’t deny that it leans to the left a little. Such minor “faults” can’t diminish the importance of attempting to make its readers stop and think about what really matters.

Putting their money where their mouth is, GOOD has also pledged all of the proceeds from charter subscriptions to charity. Better yet, you get to choose the charity to which your $20 goes.

wood-tech

In awesome, design, news on October 12, 2006 at 9:41 pm

Images of Olympus’ prototype for a wood-bodied digital camera have been circulating for a while now. It’s such a great idea, taking something hard and cold and making it smooth and warm.

Olympus did something similar back in the nineties. Traditional 35mm cameras were all being designed as tech objects, even though it was obvious that digital cameras were the way of the future. Olympus bucked the trend by releasing the 35mm LT Series. The LT stands for “leather tech”. I own one. I never use it, but I do take it out and look at it once in a while. It’s a thing of beauty.

All of this remings me of a great post by account planner extraordinaire Russell Davies’ about how products are “designed to be new” and don’t age well. It used to be that things gained character and patina as the got old. Now, they just get old.